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Tuscan White Bean Soup

January 29, 2020
Tuscan White Bean Soup

The following recipe and photography were provided courtesy of Julia of A Cedar Spoon.

Tuscan White Bean Soup is a hearty, comforting soup that will fill you up during the cold months. Fresh vegetables, protein-packed beans and flavorful bacon create a dish you are sure to love. Add your favorite fresh herbs for extra flavor and serve it with a side of your favorite crusty bread to soak up all of those delicious juices!

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped into halves
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans of cannellini or great northern beans (undrained)
  • 8 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)
  • Parsley ( for garnish)
  • Parmesan cheese ( for garnish)
  • Crusty Bread ( for serving)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat add the bacon. Cook the bacon until it is crisp and cooked through. Remove from the bacon from the pot and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Set aside. At this point, you can either drain the bacon fat from the pot or you can keep about 1 Tbsp. in the pot to add flavor to the soup.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Add in the carrots and celery and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add in the zucchini, white beans, oregano, thyme, basil, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, chicken or vegetable broth and optional Parmesan rind.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the kale and let wilt. Stir the bacon back into the soup.
  5. Remove the Parmesan rind if you used one. Serve the soup in small bowls garnished with parsley, fresh Parmesan cheese. Serve with crusty bread.

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By Julia Jolliff
Julia is all about creating quick and easy weeknight meal ideas, kid-friendly recipes and a few sweet treats. Her roots are from the Mediterranean and many of my recipes incorporate those flavors!

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